No golden finishing touch for Bryant

Originally Published: June 10, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

ORLANDO -- Here it was, literally in Kobe Bryant's hands, the chance to turn this basketball into a gold trophy, an opportunity to tie the score or take the lead against the Orlando Magic with half a minute left, a shot at the historically insurmountable 3-0 advantage in the NBA Finals in his grasp.

He bobbled it. He lost it. Orlando's Mickael Pietrus grabbed it. Bryant had no choice but to foul him for two free throws that extended the Magic's lead to their eventual winning ...

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